Molecular Imaging News
September 29, 2004
Illinois Radiological Society Initiates Annual Steven M. Pinsky, MD, Resident Research Award
Central Chapter, SNM
The Illinois Radiological Society (IRS) made the inaugural presentation of the Steven M. Pinsky, MD, Resident Research Award at its Educational Symposium and Annual Meeting in Chicago, September 11-12.
Julia J. Choo, MD, radiation oncology resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and Stephanie H. Swope, MD, diagnostic radiology resident at Southern Illinois University Hospitals in Springfield, were awarded the first Pinsky Resident Research Awards.
Dr. Choo’s winning research paper was titled, "Vaginal Lymphatic Duct Location and Implication on Intracavitary Brachytherapy Radiation Treatment." Dr. Swope’s presentation was titled "Power Injection of Intravenous Contrast Material Through Central Lines: Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety."
According to Richard A. Mintzer, MD, president of the Illinois Radiological Society (IRS), the idea of an award for residents from the IRS was first proposed and later developed by Dr. Pinsky. The purpose of the award is to encourage radiology and radiation oncology members-in-training to do research and to enhance the academic careers of radiology residents and to promote inter-institutional exchange of information. Following Dr. Pinsky’s untimely death earlier this year, the IRS Executive Committee named the award in his honor.
"Dr. Pinsky has been an advocate for residents for more than 25 years. He had trained numerous nuclear medicine residents throughout his career. During his presidency of the IRS, he was the force behind the resident research program. It was his idea to present these papers and the award at our annual meeting. His advocacy for residents was a lifelong undertaking, " Dr. Mintzer said.
During his exceptional career, Dr. Pinsky served as president of the Central Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and president of the Illinois Radiological Society. He was a fellow of both the American College of Radiology and the American College of Nuclear Physicians. In recognition of his outstanding work on behalf of radiology, the Chicago Radiological Society awarded Dr. Pinsky its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, or the Gold Medal.